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Big East Tournament - Seton Hall Pirates take on Wildcats in NCAA basketball test

Seton Hall PiratesVillanova Wildcats
16-16March 13, 2014, 12:00 | Madison Square Garden28-3

The Villanova Wildcats will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Seton Hall Pirates at Madison Square Garden in NCAA basketball action.

This season, the Wildcats are 28-3 overall and 21-8 ATS, while the Pirates are 16-16 and 15-16 ATS. As for the totals, Villanova boasts a 18-10-1 on the OU, and Seton Hall is 16-15.View Seton Hall Pirates vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 8 and the Pirates at No. 154 heading into this contest.

Seton Hall won its last outing, a 51-50 result against Butler on March 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Gene Teague scored 14 points leading the Pirates to a 51-50 victory over Butler at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Villanova was a 77-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Georgetown. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats grabbed a 77-59 win over the Hoyas on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Darrun Hilliard II at Villanova Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Villanova's No. 22-ranked scoring average of 79.03 PPG, against a Pirates defense rated No. 130 and allowing 69.75 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 46.2% to date this season, more than the Pirates shooters have managed so far (45.45% per game).